ERIC Number: ED394234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Project CD-VisROM: Remote Access to CD-ROM by Visually Impaired Students.
Kapperman, Gaylen; And Others
Project CD-VisROM was a 3-year federally supported project to develop procedures by which students who are visually disabled could access the vast amounts of information available through the compact disc read-only-memory (CD-ROM) medium. The heart of the system is a computer which is equipped with several CD-ROM drives, and a CD-ROM in each drive. The second component is the computer which the student uses, equipped with a modem and adaptive software and hardware enabling the visually disabled student to have access to the information displayed on his or her computer screen, such as screen enlargement software, a speech synthesizer, or electronic braille displays. The system also involves one or more communication nodes and software designed to operate the system. A very large number of students who are widely dispersed can make use of the system. The project report offers a description of the system, the basics of CD-ROM technology, assistive technology, training guidelines, ongoing management suggestions, and considerations for establishing remote access to CD-ROM service. Appendices provide workstation instructions, a list of equipment and software, training program components, sample lesson plans, quick reference sheets, and sources of CD-ROMs. A printed guide to the system lists reference materials available on CD-VisROM; system components; benefits of the system for visually impaired students, vision teachers, and school districts; how students access and use the system; and guidelines for setting up a CD-VisROM system. An accompanying video explains how students with visual impairments can do research on their own, and demonstrates students' use of the equipment. It offers the perspectives of students, teachers, an administrator, and a parent concerning the system, and points out that the two main advantages of CD Vis-ROM are that it is cost-effective and user-friendly. (JDD)
Publication Type: Non-Print Media; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Innovation and Development.
Authoring Institution: Research and Development Inst., Sycamore, IL.
Note: This report is accompanied by an explanatory videotape (not available via ERIC) and a 19-page guide paralleling the video. The guide is appended.